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LeBron James’ Lakers wishlist could have gotten a bit shorter.
Although a definitive choice has not but been made, NBA Insider Shams Charania, of The Athletic, reported this afternoon that Kyrie Irving doesn’t need to be shipped out of Brooklyn, and has each intention of enjoying out at the very least the following season with the Nets.
For almost all of the offseason, Irving has broadly been assumed to be on his method out of Brooklyn, with the Lakers pegged as a well-liked vacation spot for the purpose guard’s companies. These rumors solely intensified when Kevin Durant, who was linked to the Boston Celtics this morning, requested a commerce after a disappointing 2021-22 Nets marketing campaign.
No matter Durant’s whereabouts, Irving needs to be in Brooklyn.
“Kyrie Irving opted in (to his contract) with the complete intent of enjoying out subsequent season as a Brooklyn Web, ” Charania advised the The Pat McAfee Present. “From all the pieces I’ve been advised, in his thoughts, he’s enjoying subsequent yr in Brooklyn with or with out Kevin Durant in a variety of methods.”
Kyrie’s desire to stay a Web no matter whether or not or not Durant’s traded, shouldn’t change a lot from Brooklyn’s standpoint. Within the pair’s three seasons collectively since becoming a member of the Nets, Irving and Durant have shared the courtroom solely 57 occasions.
Charania additional mentioned Irving’s choice to opt-in and his need to stay with Brooklyn, telling Pat McAfee: “He was going to make the very best choice for himself and Kevin Durant, however, is clearly making his choice as properly.
“However from all the pieces I’ve been advised, Kyrie Irving has, you already know, made his intent- he needs to play out subsequent season in Brooklyn and be an unrestricted free agent subsequent summer season.”
In June, Irving opted right into a one-year participant extension that may pay him $36.5 million for the upcoming season. And although he has a need to remain in Brooklyn, that doesn’t essentially forestall the group from sending him packing.
“If Brooklyn does handle to discover a deal for Kevin Durant earlier than the season, may they then look to pivot and transfer Kyrie Irving? For certain. Something is feasible, mentioned Charania. “The value tag on a transfer like that will most likely be a first-round decide or a number of first-round decide sort belongings.
“I don’t assume they’re going to be simply gifting away Kyrie Irving for a second-rounder.”
Did you hear that, Lakers?